The Green MSP for West Scotland has slammed the proposed £30 million development at Loch Lomond as “inappropriate and destructive”.

With Flamingo Land and Scottish Enterprise currently seeking planning permission in principle for the proposed development, Ross Greer MSP met with local ‘Save Loch Lomond’ campaigners last week to hear their concerns.

The MSP has also expressed worries surrounding traffic and air pollution, should the proposed development come into fruition.

Mr Greer told the Reporter: “It was useful to discuss issues around the sale of the land and the developer’s proposals with local campaigners and look at how we can demonstrate the strength of feeling both locally and nationally against destroying this much loved and world famous local environment.

“The developers’ own assessment outlines the unavoidable damage to ancient woodland and to valuable wildlife habitats, and I’m concerned about the impact of increased traffic and acute air pollution for local residents.”

Andy Miller (above right), sales director for Flamingo Land, responded: “I’m slightly surprised by the wording used by Ross.

“I had a very profitable meeting with Ross on site. It was also good to engage with him and hear his concerns.

“He was gracious enough to send me a fairly positive email only a few weeks ago.

“He has always had concerns over the woodland and I respect every comment he gave me when we met.”

Allan McQuade, director of business infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The development at West Riverside holds huge economic potential and any proposed development would be in keeping with the National Park and its natural beauty.

“We recently met with representatives of the Friends of Drumkinnon Woods group and other residents. We discussed their views on the proposed development and reiterated the significant investment and jobs it will bring.”